TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — DeAndre Hopkins has provided the boost the offense needed, J.J. Watt is having productive games on defense, and quarterback Kyler Murray continues to put up big numbers.
Yet the Arizona Cardinals are still a mediocre football team.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The standings say the Arizona Cardinals are an average team with a 2-2 record.
That's pretty much how defensive lineman Zach Allen would rate the season's first four weeks.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — J.J. Watt and his wife Kealia have spent the past few months looking at ultrasounds of their unborn son and wishing for the best.
They never thought they’d be looking at pictures of Watt's own heart.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals are playing the first half of football games as if they just rolled out of bed.
The good news is they do eventually wake up. The problem is it's usually too late.
ARIZONA CARDINALS (11-7, Lost in wild-card round)
New faces: WR Marquise Brown, G Will Hernandez, TE Trey McBride, RB Darrel Williams, LB Nick Vigil.
Key losses: EDGE Chandler Jones, LB Jordan Hicks, RB Chase Edmonds, WR Christian Kirk, DL Jordan Phillips.
HOUSTON TEXANS (4-13)
CAMP SITE: Houston
LAST YEAR: The Texans won just four games for the second straight season after winning the AFC South the previous two seasons, costing coach David Culley his job after just one year.
ARIZONA CARDINALS (11-7)
CAMP SITE: Glendale, Arizona
LAST YEAR: The Cardinals looked like one of the NFL's best teams for the first three months of last season after winning their first seven games and improving to 10-2 after a victory over the Bears on Dec.